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Penguin Modular Summary

Here is our modular summary so you can see in more detail what we will be learning over the next term.



                              TERM :    2                                     CLASS :Penguin Class

This term our topic is ‘All About Me and Christmas’. This term we will be learning ourselves and each other. We will be looking at our likes and dislikes as well as looking at who we all live with. As well as learning about Christmas around the World later in the term. We will also be concentrating on phonics,  handwriting and letter formation and mark making using different mediums. As well as looking at numbers and money in maths.


This term we will be focusing on a range of topics within Maths. Some students will be continuing to work out simple addition and subtraction questions using money. As well as working out how many of one coin can make another coin, e.g. how many 10p coins can make £1?

Some students will be working on rote counting to 15 and higher, using different communication aids to do this. Whilst some students will be recognising numbers between 0-10 using different manipulatives. 

All students will be able to use a range of manipulatives to help them with these different aspects of Maths. These will include Numicon, cubes, counters etc.

At home-counting everyday items, singing number songs. Play games with counting activities in them.  Encourage use of communication systems such as PECs, Makaton and Communication Books. Letting children explore coins and even pay for things when out and about.

Communication and Language


Reading-Some students will be looking at early reading skills and using Oxford Reading scheme to help develop this area of learning. This will be done through Guided Reading sessions. Their phonics knowledge will help with decoding and blending new words the come across.

Writing/mark making. We will be continuing to work on a range of pencil control activities as well as overwriting and letter formation. Some students will be continuing to work on sentence structure and using a range of tools to help them develop their own sentences linking with this terms topic.

Speaking & Listening-Use of all different forms of communication, opportunities to be built into all areas of the school day to encourage pupils to use their own means of communication, including PECS at Phase 4 and Phase 3, communication books and signing. Other students will be focusing on their  phase 4/3 phonics and learning to blend a variety of sounds. Some students will also be completing Guided Reading sessions on a 1:1 basis.

At home-sharing books, listening to stories together. Encouraging use of communication systems to comment and make requests.


We have created a sensory circuit which we can use in class, which the children engage with every morning when they come into school.

Before we start our afternoon sessions we have a quick movement activity to help us focus for our afternoon learning.

Some students will also be participating in Sensory Integration sessions to help develop their self regulation skills.

Pupils will be offered a range of different materials to explore to help support their ability to cope with different textures, wet, dry etc.

Please ask if you would like any further information about sensory circuits.

Physical Development

We deliver Sensory circuits every morning in class and all children are encouraged to join in.

Weekly PE lessons which take part in the school hall and on the MUGA where the children get a chance to explore a range of equipment and different activities as a group.

We also have daily session breaks outside which gives the children an opportunity to run round and then be able to refocus on their work.

Some students also engage in daily fine and gross motor skills activities. This sessions will aim to develop these skills which the students can then transfer into other activities within their school days.

Expressive Arts and Design

Music-Interactive music-songs

Using different instruments

Exploring sounds within our local environment.


Art-This term we will be creating a range of pieces of Art. We will be creating some Halloween and Fire work Art. We will also be creating our own textured poppies for Remembrance Day. We will be creating some winter crafts as well.

Understanding The World

KUOW– This term we will be looking at our likes and dislikes with food, with some students explaining why the do or don’t like certain foods. We will also be learning about Christmas around the world and how this is different to Christmas in England.

Lego Therapy: We will be engaging in Lego Therapy sessions across the term, in small groups and on a one to one basis with an adult.


Interactive white board-songs

Keyboard and mouse skills

Switches such as big Mack

Using the iPad during play and work as well as a reward

Using switch toys independently.


Personal, Social And Emotional Development

Turn taking playing with friends sharing materials and toys.  Making choices, sharing and turn taking.

Working with peers to share activities and toys

Washing hands before snack, lunch etc. Being as independent as possible in different tasks. Reward and choosing boards for all children to use.

At home-encourage your child to be as independent as possible in a range of different activities such as dressing and undressing.